Husband of abducted Redding mom describes her release from kidnappers

Sherri Papini

REDDING (KRON) — The husband of the Sherri Papini, the Redding mother who was missing for 22 days after being kidnapped whiled jogging, described her harrowing release on Thanksgiving day.

Keith Papini sat down with ABC News’ “20/20” to tell the chilling details of when her captors let her go on the side of I-5 in Yolo County three weeks after kidnapping her.

“She was bound … she had a metal chain around her waist,” he said. “She had a bag over her head…she was chained anytime she was in a vehicle.”

Keith said at one point the captors stopped the car and opened the door. They cut something that freed her from being restrained to the car then pushed her out onto the road and drove away.

“She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop,” he added. “And again just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. She’s saying, ‘Well maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”

The 34-year-old mother who went missing on Nov. 2 was found alive on the side of the road on Thanksgiving.

Keith said she was covered with bruises, weighed just 87 pounds and the bridge of her nose was broken when she was tossed from the vehicle. Her hands were restrained and a bag was over her head. Her signature long, blonde hair had been chopped off.

The mother also had some sort of message branded into her skin, according to deputies.

Authorities are now looking for two suspects. Papini told investigators that her abductors were two Hispanic female adults, both spoke in Spanish most of the three weeks she was in their captivity. The suspects concealed their faces to hide their identities from Papini and they were armed with at least one handgun.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said that investigators have no reason to doubt the harrowing tale told by the mother.

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